Each year, the Georgia Society for Respiratory Care (GSRC) awards four $500.00 scholarships to deserving students currently enrolled in the Respiratory Care Technology program through the Technical College System of Georgia. Those four scholarships include the Dr. Bruce Ott Scholarship, James Ancil Lewis Scholarship, Russell Davis Rivard Scholarship, and Chrissy Spires Bittick Scholarship.

This year, Georgia Northwestern Technical College student (GNTC), LaShunda Nunnery, was chosen as the recipient of the Chrissy Spires Bittick Scholarship.

The Chrissy Spires Bittick Scholarship is based upon academics and financial need and is dedicated to the memory of Chrissy, who died of asthma.

LaShunda Nunnery is a native of Orlando, Florida. She currently resides in Powder Springs, Georgia with her husband and two children. She moved to Georgia in 1995 after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s of science in Speech Language Pathology. She worked for IBM in sales and distribution for more than nine years. She is very active in her local church where she currently teaches and sings. She became interested in the field of respiratory therapy while assisting in the care of family members, along with persuasion from two friends who love the field of respiratory care.  She is looking forward to working with the neonatal intensive care unit and pediatrics with emphasis in patient education and training. Nunnery will graduate from GNTC this June.

“Your hard work is evident and the award is well-deserved,” stated Alicia McCracken, GSRC scholarship chair. The GSRC Magazine will recognize all the winners in their May edition.

“GNTC’s Respiratory Care program is proud that one of its students, LaShunda Nunnery, was selected for the GSRC’s Scholarship,” commented Ted Porter, instructor of Respiratory Care. “From the beginning, she became the student who was so attentive in class and so polished at the clinical sites. Putting a daughter in college and herself back through college has been a hardship for the family and thus, this scholarship has been a blessing. She and her family could not be more deserving of this honor and monetary support. For this, we are very proud of Ms. Nunnery.”

GNTC’s Respiratory Care Technology program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of respiratory therapy. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Program graduates are to be competent in the general areas of humanities or fine arts, social or behavioral sciences, and natural sciences or mathematics. In addition, the program emphasizes specialized training in areas such as pulmonary and cardiac medications, medical gases, humidity/aerosol therapy, positive pressure breathing, incentive spirometry, patient assessment, postural drainage, percussion/vibration, assessment of diseases and conditions, critical respiratory care, advanced critical care monitoring, pulmonary function testing, and pediatric and neonatal respiratory care.

The Respiratory Care Technology program at Georgia Northwestern Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Respiratory Care (CoARC).